“All right, Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Video phone calls have been talked about for many years, probably even from the time this famous line appeared in the movie Sunset Boulevard. Lately, we’re starting to see them arrive and many of us have already taken part in videoconferences. Are you ready for the role video might play in your calls and meetings? In this episode, we discuss the rise of the video in calls and online meetings, the challenges and opportunities of video, and how you can get ready for your video close-up.

Link to the episode: Get Ready for Your Video Call Close-Up

Segment 1: Get Ready for Your Video Call Close-Up

Segment 2:  Laptop, Combo or Tablet – Which Should I Buy?

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  August 17, 2014
Length:  40:33
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While preparing for a trial, gathering documents for a transaction, or simply running errands, most lawyers face each day with an overwhelming number of things to get done. From simply remembering them all to putting the list into proper priorities, every legal professional could use some help. How can technology play a role in bringing the list of to-dos under control? What are some questions lawyers should ask when choosing a to-do task management tool? In this episode, we discuss taming the to-do list, our own approaches to using technology to help with task management, and questions every lawyer should ask when looking for a management tool to suit their needs.

Segment 1: Task Managers

Segment 2:  Is it Time to Change Our Passwords Again?

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  August 10, 2014
Length:  41:30
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Lawyers often focus on how they can use technology to improve the efficiency and quality of their legal services. However, technology has additionally started to change what people in other professions provide to their clients, even to the point of changing the meaning of “services.” Professionals are now creating products that provide revenue in the form of royalties, thereby exceeding what can be made in billable hours. These include books written about new forms of technology, tax guides, answers to common questions, convenient apps, and even software. Is this a “Big Idea” that lawyers should also be considering as they think about the ways they might use technology? In this episode we discuss how lawyers might begin “productizing” services, some ideas about how to create successful products, and the legal and ethical implications of providing this information.

Segment 1: Turning Legal Services into Products

Segment 2:  Want to be a Book Author?

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  July 27, 2014
Length:  36:51
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According to a variety of surveys, the sales of tablets not exceed th esales of laptops and desktop PCs. In a few short years, iPads have made huge inroads into the legal market and are often part of a lawyer’s technology toolkit. Tom’s popular book iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, recently appeared in its third edition. In this episode, we discuss our latest insight’s on the iPad, recommendations for lawyers and other legal professionals, and what might come next in the world of iPads.

Segment 1:  The Role iPads Play for Lawyers Today

  • iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Third Edition – ABAiBook and Amazon

Segment 2:  When Do You Implement Tips?

  • The article that got us thinking about this as “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do” – there are so many bad sites that link to this article, we won’t punish you by doing the same.

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  July 14, 2014
Length:  36:23
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We have both done a lot of public speaking at legal technology events like ABA TECHSHOW. Over the years, we have gained insights about using new platforms and how to avoid technology-related obstacles. But there’s still more to learn! In this episode, we discuss recent presentation lessons, practical tips for novice and veteran presenters alike, and some thoughts about better ways to give presentations.

Link to the episode: Presentation Tips for Legal Professionals

Segment 1:  Presentation Tips for Legal Professionals

Segment 2:  Heartbleed: What Should Lawyers Do?

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  April 20, 2014
Length:  38:26
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In a world of automatic updates and remote storage, are attorneys still controlling their practices? Are we forgetting valuable information as our machines take over? In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of trading control for increased productivity.

Link to Episode: Automation or Control: Why Attorneys Must Choose

Segment 1:  Automation or Control?

Segment 2:  LegalTech and the Importance of Attending Technology Conferences

Segment 3:  Parting Shots. 

Released: January 31, 2014
Length: 31:47
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Is your legal practice less efficient because of out-of-date technology? In today’s world of accelerating change, it can be difficult to keep up with client expectations. In this episode, we discuss New Year’s tech resolutions. The topics include using instant messaging, implementing social media, updating operating systems, and much more. Tune in to find new ways to future-proof your practice or firm.

Link to Episode: New Year’s Tech Resolutions for Practicing Attorneys

Segment 1:  New Year’s Tech Resolutions for Practicing Attorneys

Segment 2:  Our Report on CES

Segment 3:  Parting Shots. 

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For many years, lawyers have chased after the holy grail of the paperless office. While the basic techniques and strategies have largely stayed the same and the technology and tools have gotten better, most lawyers and firms have not attained the elusive goal of a “paperless” office. Is the goal simply unachievable or is it just too hard to execute on what it takes to achieve the goal? In this episode, we discuss the history and current state of paperless office efforts, approaches that might (or might not) work for you, and whether the end of paper is within sight.

Link to the episode: Demythologizing the Mythical Paperless Office

Segment 1: Demythologizing the Mythical Paperless Office

Segment 2:  The Iron Tech Competition

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  August 4, 2013
Length:  37:34
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Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, has gotten a lot of attention recently with a basic technology competency audit he administers to outside law firms and the failing grades lawyers at those firms have received. There has always been an ongoing conversation of what basic technology skills lawyers need. The ABA’s Ethics 20/20 recommendation that a basic knowledge of common software techniques be a part of the definition of “competence,” has also shined the spotlight on this issue. In this episode, we discuss Flaherty’s technology audit approach, the responses it has prompted, and how this may or may not change the ways lawyers deal with technology skills.

Link to Episode: Passing the Tech Skills Competency Audit

Segment 1:  Passing the Tech Skills Competency Audit

Segment 2:  What’s the Big Deal about Smartwatches?

Segment 3:  Parting Shots. 

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In this episode we talk a lot about encryption. The recent news coverage of the NSA surveillance has everyone talking about who can access their data, and this is especially relevant to practicing attorneys,  who have to consider both their own data as well as that of their clients. Has the time arrived for lawyers to start using encryption more responsibly?

Link to Episode: In Light of NSA Surveillance, Should Lawyers Encrypt?

Segment 1:  In Light of NSA Surveillance, Should Lawyers Encrypt?

Segment 2:  Tom Moves to Android

Segment 3:  Parting Shots. 

  • In Microsoft Office, Auto-Recover does not always mean Auto-Recover – make sure you’re saving your documents regularly, because sometimes Auto-Recover does not save archives.
  • Jobs to Be Done
Recorded: June 22, 2013
Length: 39:40
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